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Every year summer turns to fall, and in the Rocky Mountains nature turns the mountain scenes into works of art. Autumn has once again come to Colorado, and it’s time for artists to get out the camera, sketch pad, or easel.
My artist tool of choice is my dSLR camera coupled with a laptop and my digital processing tools. With so many spectacular scenic opportunities out there, it’s hard to choose what to shoot next. The first step is to get out into nature, with an empty memory card, charged battery, and a monopod or tripod. Once you find your scene and the light is right, take many, many shots. I work on bracketing exposure and depth of field.
These RAW shots are then taken back to my processing lab in my RV, and downloaded into my computer. Once images are out of the camera, and into the processing lab, it’s time to review all the bracketed photos and pick the best captures to digitally enhance.
My current style is to apply generous amounts of digital processing to transform my OoC (Out of Camera) images from a realistic photo to an impressionistic colorful simplified image that expresses my inner feelings about the scene I witnessed. For true photography purists this is probably not to their liking, but sorry, it’s my style right now in my digital art journey.
My favorite digital image processing tool of choice right now is Topaz Labs Simplify.
Thanks for reading my blog, and check out some great Fall Images on Fine Art America: fall prints
After a long delay, my online gallery and web store is now open at @fineartamerica. My artist name is J.Michael Nettik, and I have a unique way of processing my digital images. I call it Digital Impressionism so therefore it’s J.Michael Nettik – Digital Impressionist.
During our year of full-time RV’ing I shot over 14,000 digital images and I continue to process these photographs and create unique one-of-a-kind works of art. I have shots from The Thousand Islands of New York State to the Gulf of Mexico.
I have continued to shoot photographs after settling in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. I will be posting new images and growing my gallery in the future. Enjoy, and contact me if you are interested in purchasing a print. I will send you a discount code that can be used at checkout just for visiting my blog. Thanks, and enjoy!